[quote=Ghola5]The following is a portion of an article from Wikipedia. It speaks of some of the origins and life in Nimrod, Son of Cush, Grandson of Ham. This Babylonian legend of Nimrod is very similar to the one of our Mother and Savior. Please comment on this issue.
(One tradition says that after Nimrod was killed, Semiramis ((his wife and mother))
Wrong. That “tradition” goes back no further than a book written 140 years ago. It is the principal source on the Net for all this Nimrod & Semiramis stuff. The whole thing is a fantasy
claimed that an
evergreentree* sprouted from a tree stump, which she said indicated the entry of new life into the deceased Nimrod; every year on the anniversary of Nimrod’s birth (December 25th) they would leave gifts at this evergreen tree.**
Those statements are all untrue
This is presented by some as a possible explanation the origin of the Christmas tree. Even though Semiramis claimed to be a virgin she had another son, named
Tammuz*, who she said was the reincarnation of Nimrod. She became known as the “Virgin Mother”, “Holy Mother” and the “Queen of Heaven” and was symbolized by the Moon. So began the worship of Semiramis and the child-god, and the whole paraphernalia of the Babylonian religious system.)**
A few facts:
Semiramis is apparently a jumbled combination of:
A 9th century Assyrian queen named Sammuramat, who was active between 811 and 805;
Naq’ia-Zakutu, who was apparently queen regent for Ashur-bani-pal of Assyria, and who may have had a hand in the restoration of Babylon after 678, 11 years after its destruction by Sennacherib.
Sammuramat and Naq’ia-Zakutu were never deified. Few rulers were, and they were never confused with the “great gods”.
The religion of Babylonia and Assyria is far older - the written evidence for it goes back to about 2500 BC. It was largely borrowed from the Sumerians, but was constantly influenced by other peoples too. As is obvious, even a potted account would impossible.
Tammuz was a vegetation-god whose mother was called Sirtur - not Semiramis. His Sumerian name is Dumuzi.
The Moon-god was the father of Shamash the Sun-god & of Ishtar, who in one aspect is the morning-star Venus. “Semiramis” has some Ishtar-features, but that is her only connection with the Moon.
“Semiramis” seems to be a blurred memory of the two queens referred to - the name is not Assyrian.
No ruler named Nimrod is known - there have been about 70 suggestions. He could be the god Ninurta, or, Tukulti- Ninurta I (about 1244-07) of Assyria. (There are long lists of kings of Babylon and Assyria, and of many Sumerian rulers. Nimrod is not an Assyrian or Babylonian name either.) ##
If anyone knows more about ancient Babylonian mythology and religion please explain to me the similarity between Nimrod and Jesus. I am just going through the Bible on my own and trying to get a picture of that Ancient time of Abraham, his contemporary peoples and cultures. Please comment.
All of that is untrue - there is no foundation in any of the evidence from Babylonia or Assyria or Sumer for it.
How much info do you want ?
There are a lot of books on this, by people far better qualified to comment - if you want a list, pm me
There are plenty of well-informed sites as well.
When some of us criticise this kind of thing, it’s because some of us at least know the facts - not because we don’t have answers. The history & religion of Babylonia bear no relation to what you’ve been told by that article ##